Iran Elections: Looks Like a Win for Hard-Line Judiciary Chief

Ebrahim Raisi's opponents are conceding
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 19, 2021 12:55 AM CDT
Iran Elections: Looks Like a Win for Hard-Line Judiciary Chief
Ebrahim Raisi, a candidate in Iran's presidential elections waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran Friday, June 18, 2021.   (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The moderate candidate in Iran's presidential election has conceded he lost to the country's hard-line judiciary chief, the AP reports. Former Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati wrote on Instagram to judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi early Saturday. Hemmati wrote: “I hope your administration provides causes for pride for the Islamic Republic of Iran, improves the economy and life with comfort and welfare for the great nation of Iran."

Raisi did not immediately acknowledge Hemmati's concession, nor that of former Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei or Amir Hossein Qazizadeh, both of whom also reportedly conceded. The election Friday was dominated by Raisi, a protege of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after the disqualification of the strongest competitors who could have challenged him in the vote. The Interior Ministry reportedly says vote counting is still ongoing.

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